the MacBook Pro comes with an IR remote control that is Apple configured to a a few things in iTunes and Keynote. When opening the device in [hid] there are only 2 buttons actively receiving data, the + and - switches. That is kind of poor and I do not believe I can activate the others, I mean Apple Inc. monopolizes them for their own warez.

Now I am wondering if anybody has tried 3rd party 'universal' remote controls for TV, DVD player etc. that are on sale in supermarkets. Being 'universal' there should be a chance that they have no manufacturer's limitation in-built. And some of them have a host of controls...
Anyone ever had any success? Please let me know here.